Work. It’s more than just a means to an end. It’s a cornerstone of our lives, shaping our identities, influencing our relationships, and dictating our sense of worth. But what happens when work becomes synonymous with stress, dysfunction, and, yes, even alcohol? Although some believe that the three-martini-lunch died with Don Draper, I’m here to tell you that everything old is new again. The reality of the modern workplace is a landscape fraught with challenges, absurdities, and, at times, dark humor. For many, alcohol is a way to avoid, understand, and even endure the drama at the office—real or virtual.

Enter “Corporate Drinker: How to Survive (and Thrive) in the Boozy World of Work.” My forthcoming book is not your typical leadership guide. It’s a raw and unfiltered exploration of the quirks and complexities of corporate life, blending elements of adventure, drama, humor, and autobiography to paint a vivid portrait of the modern workplace experience.

Who is “Corporate Drinker” For?

If you’ve ever found yourself buried under the weight of an employee handbook, you’re corporate.

“Corporate Drinker” is not just for the traditional professional crowd. It speaks to the diverse cast of characters populating the modern workforce—from dental hygienists and lawyers to digital marketing directors, GenZ interns, and even managers at Applebee’s. Whether you’re a parent juggling work and family responsibilities, a seasoned professional questioning the status quo, or a leader striving for inclusivity in your organization, this book offers insights and strategies to help you navigate the challenges of the modern workplace.

What’s the Takeaway?

Work is undeniably broken. Despite attempts to patch it up, the systemic issues run deep within the fabric of capitalism, demanding bold leadership and decisive action. But what can one person really do to fix work? The clock ticks, reminding us of our lives and responsibilities outside the office—like making student loan payments, taking the dog to the vet, picking up kids from daycare by 6 PM, driving our aging parents to doctor appointments, or making dinner for the family before crashing on the couch to watch a murder documentary or an episode of The Batchelor.

So, “Corporate Drinker” challenges companies and individuals to take ownership of their roles in shaping the workplace culture.

Companies must step up and implement clear alcohol policies, prioritize employee training and education, promote work-life balance and meaningful well-being initiatives, enhance health insurance and mental health benefits, and provide resources for those in recovery. However, such efforts come with a cost, and few companies are willing to invest because the ROI isn’t always straightforward.

But it’s not just companies that are accountable for change. Individuals need to take ownership, too. In toxic work environments where alcohol is the norm or where drinking becomes a crutch for coping with work stress or excessive celebration, personal responsibility plays a crucial role. HR is not coming to help you. (They also work at your toxic company and can barely stand your terrible culture!) It’s about embracing professional detachment and making incremental changes that pave the way for a better career trajectory.

And a crucial societal shift is required—dismantling the notion that our work solely defines our worth. We deserve fulfillment across all facets of life, recognizing that our identities extend far beyond our job titles. Prioritizing life outside work is required. Embracing the richness of our lives outside of work brings valuable perspective and renewed energy to the tasks we undertake within our organizations. Establishing clear boundaries and prioritizing individual well-being enhances our lives and sets a precedent for healthier workplace cultures.

What’s Next?

I have a lot of work to do! I hope you eagerly anticipate the release of “Corporate Drinker” in 2025. Stay tuned for more updates and insights on navigating the boozy world of work. Together, let’s embark on a journey of self-awareness and personal accountability, leading us all to happier, more fulfilling lives inside and outside the office.